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😬 'Cotton Candy Girl' lives on five years later

Plus: Seattle is home to the nation's top brewery and brewer.

By Grace Madigan

Hi there,

It’s the beginning of a new week, and we wanted to start off today’s news with some pure, unadulterated joy. 

Remember the Cotton Candy Girl? Yeah, this one. She’s now 8 years old and “The Seattle Times” caught up with her and her family to discuss the now-infamous image of the then-3-year-old reveling over her cotton candy at an M’s game. 

Five years later, the 10-second clip of Beatrix Hart lives on in GIF and meme form. With a fistful of cotton candy, blue smeared around her lips, and a look of utter delight combined with an almost manic energy from the sugar rush, Beatrix has proven to remain extremely relatable.

As it turns out, Beatrix has always had a penchant for making funny faces like the one she did that day. Her mom told her to make her “excited face,” which she’s done before, no sugar needed. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

We’ve got the headlines coming up, so keep reading to find out the news of the day.

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4 things Seattle is talking about

➡️  Seattle police are responding to fewer mental health calls after the state’s new use-of-force laws. Since the new laws were implemented in late July, the number of “involuntary commitments” by SPD officers dropped by 45% in August. The decline, according to SPD, is because of the confusion over what type of force is and is not permitted under the new laws. This has service providers pointing out that, while they agree with efforts to allow for a behavioral health first response, right now, staff are concerned about their safety and the support that they normally received from law enforcement when individuals became dangerous to themselves and others. (Crosscut)

🍺  Seattle is home to the “Brewery and Brewer of the Year.” The Great American Beer Festival — the nation’s most prestigious beer competition — proclaimed Cloudburst Brewing as this year’s winner in the small brewery category for the grand title. Cloudburst has only seven full-time employees and sells about 95% of its beers within the city limits (so it’s probably a pretty good choice for visiting beer-lovers, and we even have a whole guide to Seattle’s breweries to check out). Other Seattle breweries took home prizes as well for individual beers like Stoup, Lowercase, and Reuben’s. (The Seattle Times)

🍽  The Seattle queen of soul food may make a return. Helen Coleman opened up Helen’s Diner on Union just south of 23rd in 1970. The likes of Richard Pryor, Muhammad Ali, and B.B. King all sought out Ms. Helen’s food while they were in town. Over the years, the original diner took on different iterations up till 2001 when the Nisqually earthquake destroyed their restaurant space, and Ms. Helen found work running kitchens other than her own. But now, her daughter has announced plans for a new endeavor, Ms. Helen’s Soul Bistro, which they hope to be a mostly grab-and-go spot with some seating. (Seattle PI)

🎸 Cafe Racer held a grand opening in its new Capitol Hill location over the weekend. (If you’re feeling bummed you missed their party on Saturday, sign up to be an Evergrey Extra member! We told them all about it in Friday’s newsletter.) The U District cafe closed its old space in July 2020 but found a new home in the former space of the nightclub Barça. They celebrated the cafe’s opening with performances by Taylar Elizza Beth, Velvet Q, Moroccan Dog, and others. Owners Jeff Ramsey and Cindy Anne are intent on championing local music — including smaller acts making their stage debut. (The Stranger)

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👪  Unhoused, The unseen crisis affecting children and families. A 2-part community conversation with experts on family homelessness.(Online/ ZOOM)

🇺🇸  Tune in for a Crosscut LIVE conversation with Michael Kirk, director of the new FRONTLINE documentary, America After 9/11 (Online)


📖  Join KCTS 9 and Third Place Books for a conversation about Elise Hooper’s novel, Fast Girls and the role athletes play in society (Online)

🎵  Catch some live music at the Cono Byrne Pub (Ballard)

🥕  Do you dream of canning your own better-than-store-bought pickled vegetables? Come make your own at The Works "Pantry Pickles" class (Capitol Hill)


🐫  Want to add a cute phrase or snarky saying to your embroidery?(Ballard)

💐  Learn how to make the most of your flowers this Fall at The Works "Floral Arranging" class (Capitol Hill)

🎉  Celebrate Real Change's 27th anniversary with local comedian Brett Hamil and David Delgado from REACH (Online)


🎸  Start your weekend off with a show at Cafe Racer featuring Rachaels Children, Actionesse, Sweet Creature, and Black Ends (Capitol Hill)

🍺  Celebrate Oktoberfest at TeKu Tavern, they're tapping kegs and will be slinging Uli's brats and Bavarian pretzels for the occasion (South Lake Union) — through Saturday

🎟  Want free admission to Fremont Oktoberfest? Volunteer for a shift to pour beers (Fremont) — through Sunday


🎸  In-person & live-stream concert presented by Shaina Shepherd, kittenteeth, and Seattle Parks Department(Central District)

📸  Embroidering on the Photographic Image with Making It alumni, Robert Mahar(Ballard)

💖  Anatomical Embroidery with Making It alumni, Robert Mahar(Ballard)

🥬  Join The Works Vietnamese Fresh Rolls (gỏi cuốn) class to make to your own gluten-free rolls AND a tasty dipping sauce(Capitol Hill)


🌎  U.S. Map Embroidery Sampler Workshop with Making It alumni, Robert Mahar(Ballard)

🏴‍☠️  Come celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day and learn a new craft at this Weave-n-Mead event held at Sky River Mead and Wine in Woodinville (registration required)(Woodinville)

🎤  See local music lowdown artist, Glendal Tautua, at Chop Suey (Capitol Hill)

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One more thing …

Today’s reading recommendation: Saturday marked 20 years since 9/11. Education reporter Dahlia Bazzaz grew up in Eugene, Oregon, in an Iraqi and Iranian family. At the time of the attacks, she was just 7 years old. Read her reflection on the aftermath of the event and how the overwhelming silence of educators of the momentous and historic attack affected her and other Arab Americans. 

We’ll be back tomorrow. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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